It’s only fitting that the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion officially kicks off 2016 Chase Across America activities. And today, that’s exactly what Kyle Busch will do when he visits Boston for a full day of social and traditional media activities.
The Beantown media blitz is the first of many Chase media events before and throughout NASCAR’s playoffs, which begin on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Chicagoland Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Busch will land in Boston as a four-time winner in 2016, having clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and seeking a second consecutive series crown. This season’s success comes on the heels of an incredible comeback story in 2015. After missing 11 races due to a compound fracture in his right leg and a broken left foot during the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Daytona, Busch returned to win four out of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events over the course of the summer. Those victories effectively helped clinch his spot in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and paved the way to his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Following Busch’s visit to Boston, the remaining 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship contenders will travel from coast to coast over the course of the next several weeks, visiting New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, as well as Stamford and Bristol, Connecticut. In addition to participating in interviews with local, regional and national media outlets, drivers will also make stops at NBC Sports, FOX Sports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and ESPN studios. Several drivers will also appear at NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina on a weekly basis for satellite media interviews.
Below is a complete list of dates and locations for Chase Across America events. Drivers will continue to be confirmed as the remainder of the Chase field is determined.
|Wed., Aug. 31||Kyle Busch||Media Tour||Boston, MA|
|Wed., Sept. 7||Denny Hamlin||NBC HQ Visit||Stamford, CT|
|Wed., Sept. 7||Kyle Larson||SMT||Chico, CA|
|Tue., Sept. 13||Kevin Harvick||ESPN HQ Visit||Bristol, CT|
|Wed., Sept. 14||TBD||NASCAR Plaza Visit||Charlotte, NC|
|Wed., Sept. 14||Joey Logano||Media Tour||Detroit, MI|
|Wed., Sept. 14||Jimmie Johnson||Media Tour/FOX HQ Visit||Los Angeles, CA|
|Thurs., Sept. 15||All 16 Drivers||Chase Media Day||Chicago, IL|
|Wed., Sept. 21||Matt Kenseth||NASCAR Plaza Visit||Charlotte, NC|
|Wed., Sept. 21||TBD||NBC HQ Visit||Stamford, CT|
|Thurs., Sept. 22||Brad Keselowski||Media Tour||New York, NY|
|Wed., Sept. 28||Tony Stewart||NASCAR Plaza Visit||Charlotte, NC|
|Wed., Oct. 5||Carl Edwards||Media Tour||Dallas, TX|
NASCAR will crown its 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the final round of The Chase Nov. 20 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio). Tickets for all Chase events in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Sunday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
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